Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. In addition, the incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer are on the rise. Recently, metabolic genes have received increasing and specific attention due to their potential role in carcinogenesis.
Previous studies have shown that alterations in ribonucleotide reductase (RR) levels may significantly influence the biological properties of cells, including tumor promotion and tumor progression, suggesting that RR may be implicated in tumorigenesis. Recent findings have established that p53R2 suppresses the invasiveness of cancer cells, and its expression is associated with a better survival prognosis for CRC patients; however, the function of RRM2 in CRC is unclear. Here, we demonstrate that RRM2 may play an important role in the development of CRC and may contribute to the response to UV irradiation.
A research article to be published on September 14, 2012 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. The research team led by Prof. Lu from Shanghai Minimally Invasive Surgery Center (Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine) from China investigated the roles of the hRRM2 subunit in colorectal cancer and UV-induced DNA damage repair.
The results showed that RRM2 overexpression was positively correlated with invasion depth, poorly differentiated type, and tumor, node, metastasis stage. The expression of RRM2 in HCT116 cells was down-regulated after transfection, and HCT116 cell proliferation was obviously suppressed. In the invasion test, the number of cells that passed through the chambers in the RRM2-siRNA group was lower than that in the negative control groups. The results suggest that RRM2 overexpression may be associated with colorectal cancer progression. RRM2 silencing by siRNA may inhibit the hyperplasia and invasiveness of colorectal cancer cells, suggesting that RRM2 may play an important role in the infiltration and metastasis of colorectal cancer, which is a potential therapeutic strategy in colorectal cancer. In addition, RRM2 depletion increased UV sensitivity.
The researchers drew a conclusion that RRM2 may be a facilitating factor in colorectal tumorigenesis and UV-induced DNA damage repair.
Their study suggests that RRM2 silencing may inhibit the hyperplasia and invasiveness of colorectal cancer cells. RRM2 may play an important role in the infiltration and metastasis of colorectal cancer and that suppression of its function could be a potential therapeutic strategy in colorectal cancer.
Reference: Lu AG, Feng H, Wang PXZ, Han DP, Chen XH, Zheng MH. Emerging roles of the ribonucleotide reductase M2 in colorectal cancer and UV-induced DNA damage repair. World J Gastroenterol 2012; 18(14): 4707-4713
Correspondence to: Dr. Hao Feng, Shanghai Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, China. email@example.com Telephone: +86-21-63846590 Fax: +86-21-63846590
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World Journal of Gastroenterology (WJG), a leading international journal in gastroenterology and hepatology, has established a reputation for publishing first class research on esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, viral hepatitis, colorectal cancer, and H pylori infection and provides a forum for both clinicians and scientists. WJG has been indexed and abstracted in Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch) and Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Index Medicus, MEDLINE and PubMed, Chemical Abstracts, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Abstracts Journals, Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology and Hepatology, CAB Abstracts and Global Health. ISI JCR 2011 IF: 2.471. WJG is a weekly journal published by WJG Press. The publication dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th day of every month. WJG is supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 30224801 and No. 30424812, and was founded with the name of China National Journal of New Gastroenterology on October 1, 1995, and renamed WJG on January 25, 1998.
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